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Happy Birthday Patrick Murphy

The Crimson Tide’s longtime head softball coach celebrates his 57th birthday Monday.

Alabama softball has been a dominant force in the women’s sports world since the program’s inaugural season in 1997, and most of that success can be credited to head coach Patrick Murphy. Here’s a look back at Murphy’s hugely successful career at Rhoads Stadium.

Coach Murphy began his career in 1997 in Tuscaloosa as an assistant coach for the Tide, where he worked with Kalum Haack, Alabama’s only other head coach. While Haack only had a short tenure as head coach, the team made it to the SEC tournament both seasons he was there, winning it in 1998. After Haack stepped down as head coach for personal reasons, Murphy took over in 1999.

Success in Alabama continued with the softball program, which finished the 1999 season with a 39-26 record. Murphy’s first season as head coach ended with the Crimson Tide making their first trip to the NCAA Regional, where they went 0-2. The following season, Murphy and The Tide finished with a 66-14 record and made it past the NCAA Regional before being eliminated in their first Women’s College World Series.

Murphy won his first SEC tournament championship as head coach in 2003, followed by his second in 2005. Murphy competed in the Women’s College World Series throughout the second half of the decade. The Tide won his third SEC championship under Murphy in 2010.

In 2012, Alabama Softball won another SEC championship as well as its first and only national championship against the Oklahoma Sooners in an exciting three-game streak. His last SEC tournament championship to date was won in 2021. Murphy and The Tide were crowned SEC regular-season champions six times.

Murphy and his fellow coaches were named NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year ten times in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Murphy was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame as one of eight members in the Class of 2022. He is the only person ever inducted for softball.

Coach Murphy is regularly praised for his strong recruiting skills and the family bond he forms with the Alabama softball fan base and its players. For that, and for the success he has brought to the program, the City of Tuscaloosa is eternally grateful and we wish him a Happy 57th Birthday.

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